New PDP emerges, defies Police effort to stop its inauguration

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A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) named Reformed PDP (R-PDP) in Adamawa State, has inaugurated its officials.

The R-PDP took the step Thursday in Yola amid attempt to stop it by operatives of the Nigeria Police who blocked the members from their initial venue, the Lalewal Hotel in central Jimeta, forcing the members to convene at the house of its leader, Dr Umar Ardo, in high brow Karewa, Jimeta.

The R-PDP has been at loggerheads with the mainstream PDP in the state since the conveners first publicly announced its formation last year, and only about two weeks ago, February 4, a meeting they were holding was disrupted by thugs who injured three people and damaged six cars.

The members had gathered at Lalewal Hotel Thursday morning and were about to hold their briefing/inauguration of officials when police operatives swooped on the hotel heavily armed and in armoured tanks, prompting the party men to disperse.

Dr Ardo who has been the face of the R-PDP since the faction broke from the main PDP late last year, led the inauguration at the alternative venue, his house, after addressing the press on reasons for the breakaway faction.

He had said at the pre-inauguration press briefing, “We call this World Press Conference to express our dissatisfaction with the unconstitutional way PDP affairs are being conducted in the state and maltreatment of members who object to such unconstitutional acts.

“It is against this backdrop that some well-meaning members have decided to take this current action.”

He highlighted the alleged unconstitutional acts of the mainstream PDP in the state, including dissolution of elected Executive committee of the party and “imposition” of the current one led by Barr Tahir Shehu.

Umar Ardo said, “In reconstituting the party’s state exco leading to the emergence of the so-called AT Shehu State Exco, all known democratic rules and parry guidelines were flouted.

“For instance, against the guidelines of the party, eleven members of the Adamawa State Caretaker Committee (as applicable during the era of Ahmed Makarfi as national caretaker chairman), including AT Shehu himself, simply transmuted into the state Executive committee, thereby denying interested party members from contesting.”

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